Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel had an on-screen heart-to-heart conversation on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, reminiscent of a John Hughes scene, complete with the bad boy in ripped-up jeans.
In the interview, the two made up after engaging in an epic Twitter battle that went just a little to far. Kanye did an interview for BBC Radio with Zane Lowe, after which Kimmel created a video of children re-enacting the interview, complete with Kanye’s expansive vocabulary.
Kanye responded with angry tweets about Kimmel’s face, and from there, the Twitter war shook the nation.
During the interview with Kimmel, both complained about the pressures put on celebrities, who apparently sometimes feel like zoo animals in cages. Responding to accusations that the whole scenario was a gimmick, Kanye said: “Everyone out there in TV world, real world, whatever world you stay in needs to know that I’ve never done a publicity stunt in my life.”
In a moment of candor, Kimmel told Kanye, “I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk.”
Kanye defended his actions (past, present and future) by saying he was upset during the BBC interview about the past 10 years of his career, and just said what he felt.
“I was put in a classification of ‘just’ a celebrity,” Kanye said. “But for me, I’m a creative genius, and there’s is no other way to word it. I know you’re not supposed to say that about yourself.”
Kanye said he really just wants to create music and make people happy, and that is what motivates him in his career. Kanye then told a story about buying a pair of Gucci slippers with the first two paychecks of his telemarketing job, when he was 18 years old.
“I care about stuff cool stuff,” Kanye said. “It means something to me, it means something to a lot of people that are like me.”